Gael Bigirimana

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Gael Bigirimana has figured in Newcastle's last two Barclays Premier League games as the Magpies have picked up a pair of draws and has now set his sights on three points against Norwich on Sunday.

The 18-year-old - who played the whole 90 minutes as United drew with Maritimo in the Europa League on Thursday - came on during the first half in his side's last home outing against Aston Villa, then appeared as a late substitute at Everton on Monday night.

After his impressive display in Madeira three days ago, the summer signing from Coventry could well be involved again as Newcastle host Chris Hughton's Canaries at the Sports Direct Arena with United looking to continue their unbeaten home record in all competitions this term.

"I'm just going to leave that to my father figure," Bigirimana told nufc.co.uk, referring to manager Alan Pardew who he revealed this week has played a huge role in helping him to settle in so quickly on Tyneside.

"Everybody's been great to me, the season's started quite well and our form is improving which is really good to see - so hopefully we can get another win as a team."

A win against the East Anglian outfit would give Newcastle eight points from their opening five games - only one point fewer than at the same stage last season, when United went on to finish fifth in the table.

But Bigirimana knows the team will need the support of the fans to overcome opponents desperately seeking their first win of the season and who are bound to be well-organised under Hughton.

A full house cheered Pardew's men to an opening day victory over Tottenham before sucking the ball into the net for Hatem Ben Arfa to equalise against Villa and the Burundian youngster said: "This is a proper club and the fans are good.

"They support the team with everything, with their hearts and with a big passion.

"It's great to see that as a player, when you've got fans who care for their club in the good times and the bad times."

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